The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidance this morning formally recommending that you do not travel for the holidays because the coronavirus pandemic is raging out of control, but the Trump White House has never followed or promoted the CDC's guidelines and they're not going to start now.
The White House is reportedly moving forward with plans to hold large, in-person holiday parties where you would probably get infected just by stepping inside.
The White House plans to host its annual Hanukkah reception next month, even as coronavirus cases are on the rise around the country.
The reception is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Dec. 9, according to a copy of the invitation, which was shared with HuffPost by the recipient. There were no instructions included about special coronavirus precautions.
The White House is also planning its Christmas party, looking at Dec. 10 as a potential date, according to a GOP source on the Hill.
Reading this, I recalled that story from earlier this year about dumb college students holding coronavirus parties to see who gets infected first. This is effectively the same thing, except it's at the White House.
Aside from the direct risk to the insane people who attend, this sets a terrible example for the country. Health officials at the federal, state, and local level are going to tell Americans they should stay home, but the Trump White House plans to publicly contradict all of them by holding parties. My own home county issued a stay-at-home advisory this week and urged people not to travel, but as far as I can tell not many people are listening.
Young children will probably be dragged to these White House parties and they deserve better, but every other person who willingly attends deserves to get infected.